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MMORPG | Setting:Historical | Status:Final  (rel 05/27/06)  | Pub:Pluribus Games
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download | Retail Price:Free | Pay Type:Subscription
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A Tale in the Desert

A Tale in the Desert is a highly unique game, both in and out of the MMORPG genre. In 2015, it was relaunched and is being updated regularly by the new Pluribus Games company. The primary focus of this MMO is on ancient Egyptian society, and dwells heavily on crafting, trading, and the day-to-day social challenges of the era. There is no combat here. Instead, players are called upon to engage in personal, group, building, research, and community 'tests', replacing traditional confrontational MMO gameplay with teamwork.


  • Tellings | Lasting an average of 18 months, a Telling is akin to a chapter of a story, or tale, to be more applicable. Normal gameplay takes place during a Telling, with global foregame, midgame, and endgame events and goals created by the players and the game's developers, eGenesis. ATITD is currently on its sixth Telling.
  • Economy | A variety of skills available for players to learn and market give the game a strong economy, dealing mainly with regional and global trade.
  • "Newbie Island" | A welcoming place for new players to start, where veteran players come to assist new players in learning the game's basics before joining in the current Telling.
  • In game Legal system | Players may create petitions to introduce a variety of laws that may directly affect the game world.
  • Tests | There are currently 56 Tests grouped under 7 Disciplines: Architecture, Art, Body, Harmony, Leadership, Thought, and Worship.


New Developer Named, Free Open Beta Begins

A new developer has been named for A Tale in the Desert. Pluribus Games has taken over the management of ATITD and a "new journey" will begin on September 11th, 2015. Tale VII is expected to last for approximately 18 months and will begin in ancient Egypt.

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Catherine Daro
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RipperX Plays in the Sandbox

RipperX is at it again with his latest introductory video. This time, Ripper takes a look at the non-combat sandbox MMO, A Tale in the Desert. Watch Ripper's first steps in Ancient Egypt and listen to his thoughts about his initial experiences in A Tale in the Desert.

Posted Jul 05, 2011 by Suzie Ford
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Version 5 Launches

A Tale in the Desert V has officially launched. ATitD IV is now closed and the era of Pharaoh Sami has begun. With Sami's election as pharaoh, new player-invented technologies will be the highlight. New technologies include Foraging, Aquaculture and Molecular Balance. Players will also have an ultra-sophisticated new fishing simulation.

Posted Aug 09, 2010 by Suzie Ford
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New Version Coming August 7th

eGenesis has announced that A Tale in the Desert V will officially launch on August 7, 2010. The fifth version of the game will feature new systems as well as welcome back one golden oldie.

Posted Jul 16, 2010 by Suzie Ford
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Coming to a Close

Developer eGenesis has announced the imminent end to A Tale in the Desert IV with A Tale in the Desert V looming on the horizon. As the game as it is currently played comes to a close, players will have the ultimate choice to make: Who will become pharaoh for ATitD V?

Posted Jul 12, 2010 by Suzie Ford
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ATitD Review's Adam Tingle writes this review of the game that has gone through many tellings, but still retains its true sandbox nature, A Tale in the Desert.

Posted May 06, 2010 by Jon Wood
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A Walk Through the Desert staff writer Bill Murphy recently took a walk across the sands of Egypt with A Tale in the Desert Community Manager Staci Krause. While there, he took in some of the sights of one of the genre's only non-combat MMOs.

Posted Feb 22, 2010 by Jon Wood
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Player Driven Server Launches Feb. 20

A Tale in the Desert, an MMO by eGenesis that eschews the typical combat focus of MMOG's for a more social, economic and even legal theme, will be getting a new server on February 20th that further enhances players' ability to control the game world. A Tale in the Desert is set in Egypt, and the new server will allow for players to essentially build the world from scratch.

Posted Jan 27, 2010 by Michael Bitton
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Body Discipline Guide, Part II

In the second half of a guide to the Body Discipline in A Tale in the Desert II, Correspondent Clarence Krueger II, talks about how to do safaris and more.

Posted Sep 23, 2009 by Dana Massey
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Looking at the Body Discipline A Tale in the Desert Correspondent Clarence Krueger II writes this look at the body discipline in this unique indy MMO.

Posted Sep 02, 2009 by Jon Wood
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